Yesterday, the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club highlighted Representative Carlos Curbelo’s (FL-26) “Recognizing America’s Children Act” (RAC Act) as a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers living under the uncertainty of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program across the country.
After traveling to Dallas to speak with two current DACA recipients, the 700 Club spoke with Curbelo in Washington about his legislation and why a permanent solution is the right thing to do for America and these young people. The RAC Act would provide immigrants that have been vetted by The Department of Homeland Security with three pathways toward legalization: higher education, service in the armed forces, or work authorization. Following a 5-year conditional status, these immigrants would be able to reapply for a 5-year permanent status. Read about the initial introduction here.
A partial transcript of the exchange is available below. A video is available here, and a broadcast quality video to download is available here.
700 Club’s Abigail Robertson: “Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo believes his bill, ‘The Recognizing America’s Children Act’ can be that heart. It would provide a pathway to citizenship for those like Gibran and Juan Carlos, who came to the U.S. as children.”
Representative Carlos Curbelo: “What we want to do is recognize these young people, many of whom came to this country at an age where they don’t even remember their countries of origin, they didn’t break any laws, they were brought with their families to this country, they went to school with our own kids, grew up in our schools speaking English and today, they just want to be recognized as America’s children, which is exactly what they are.”
Robertson: “Curbelo says this bill would give those young people an opportunity to make it official.”
Curbelo: “They have to be productive. They have to be people in good moral standing. They have to obtain a college degree or serve in the military or have a valid work permit and be actively contributing to our economy. If they can check one of those boxes, they can earn a path to full American citizenship.”
Robertson: “Curbelo hopes the president will agree, if the bill makes it to his desk.”
Curbelo: “President Trump, he has the opportunity to become a hero for these young people and to do the right thing by encouraging this kind of legislation and hopefully, we here in the Congress do the right thing by sending it to him.”